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Strolling Thunder | September 21, 2019

STROLLING THUNDER is September 21, 2019!

The upcoming Strolling Thunder rally and “stroll” around the capitol, sponsored by Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, will remind state legislators to #thinkbabies when making decisions affecting infants, toddlers, and their families! Think Babies was created by ZERO TO THREE and prioritizes four core policy areas:

  • quality, affordable child care
  • time for parents to bond with their babies
  • healthy emotional development
  • strong physical health and nutrition

Seeking Parent Participant!

Each Early Childhood Council is being encouraged to send one parent to a special luncheon with legislators after the Strolling Thunder event. If you are interested, please email Kelly Hurtado or call 719.291.9315.

Learn More!

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about Think Babies and the Strolling Thunder event. Join us and make sure every baby has the best start in life!

 

Forum Update | Advocacy Working Group

Kids Count Presentation & Early Childhood Forum
Alliance for Kids held a Kids Count Presentation and Early Childhood Forum focusing on issues impacting our community of families and young children. Participants engaged in meaningful dialogue and the panel discussion highlighted many of the issues around early childhood (see below). A working group is being developed to further efforts around advocacy. If you would like more information about joining this group, please contact Alliance for Kids at 719.291.8112.
Forum Topics:
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Two-Generation Approach
Child Health
Early Care & Education Workforce
School Finance

Advocacy & Alliance for Kids

The Alliance for Kids (Alliance or AFK) Council may openly and publicly support public policies and legislative issues which are consistent with the Alliance’s Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan. Click below to view our complete guidelines and procedures for supporting legislation.

Our Advocacy Partner - Colorado Children's Campaign

The Colorado Children’s Campaign (CCC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. The CCC advocates for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, education and early childhood by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. 

From the Colorado Children’s Campaign, The West Steps dives into the policies and politics that come out of the Colorado State Capitol. This insider guide is for outsiders who wonder how laws that affect the lives of Coloradans— especially kids.

The West Steps is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher or wherever you get podcasts.

Legislative Updates from Colorado Children's Campaign

Want to know about The Long Bill? This spending outline lays out how Colorado will spend $29 billion in the next year. Understanding how this works is a critical part of ensuring Colorado is investing in kids. Riley Kitts of Colorado Children Campaign explains The Long Bill in his podcast, The West Steps (see sidebar).

More Legislative Updates:

HB19-1122 (Buckner & Landgraf/ Fields & Gardner) Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee

This bill would codify Colorado’s Maternal and Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) in statute. The MMRC is required to review cases of maternal mortality that occur in Colorado, identify trends and patterns in deaths and develop recommendations to prevent maternal deaths through legislation, policies, rules and best practices. The bill would require CDPHE to make regular recommendations to the Legislature based on the findings of the MMRC to address clinical and societal causes of death. Learn more about the bill’s upcoming first hearing and why the Children’s Campaign will testify in support here.

HB19-1164 (Singer/Zenzinger & Priola) Child Tax Credit

This bill would fund the state Child Tax Credit created by the legislature in 2013 now that the intent of the trigger included in the 2013 legislation has been met. Learn more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

HB19-1171 (Michaelson Jenet) Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act

Summary:

For students in high school, this bill would eliminate the reduced-price lunch copay and expand access to school lunches at no charge for students who would otherwise be eligible for reduced-price lunch. Colorado has already eliminated this copay for students in preschool through eighth grade. Learn more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

Joint Budget Committee Public Comment

For the first time, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) set aside time for public comment. The committee heard over three hours of testimony from individuals representing various parts of the state. Though testimony covered a range of issues, there was a clear emphasis on fully funding full day kindergarten by a diverse set of voices, including the Children’s Campaign. The JBC also heard about adequate funding for the 2020 Census, investing in the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), and adequately funding family planning services.  The JBC is tasked with setting the budget annually. Read testimony provided by Bill Jaeger, VP of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives, in support of funding full-day kindergarten and testimony by Sarah Hughes, VP of Research Initiatives, on the importance of the 2020 Census here.

Legislative Articles:
Positive impacts of the Colorado Preschool Program are Clear
Each year, the Colorado Department of Education reports longitudinal data on the impact of the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) to the state legislature. This year’s release of longitudinal data confirms, once again, that access to early learning improves outcomes for kids. The data show students who participated in CPP had fewer significant reading deficiencies, fewer incidents of being held back in school, and higher graduation rates. Read more >>
By:  Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

 

Sign Up for the Colorado Children's Campaign Blog

The KidsFlash blog lets you stay up to date on the latest child well-being news from the Colorado State Capitol and around the state. Find data and research on child health, early childhood education and development, K-12 education, and more. Track legislation and policies affecting Colorado’s kids.Get the inside scoop on the Children’s Campaign’s outreach efforts, fundraising, and advocacy events, as well as efforts being undertaken by the It’s About Kids and Circle of Friends networks. It’s your connection to making a difference in the lives of Colorado’s children. 

Kids Count in Colorado!

The 25th edition of the KIDS COUNT report has been published by the Colorado Children’s Campaign. The report provides data for every county in Colorado on child demographics, economic security, health, early childhood and K-12 education.

Legislative Wins for Colorado's Children

Give yourself a pat on the back for advocating for children because it paid off! As the 2018 regular session of the Colorado General Assembly wraps up, we’re adding up all the wins for Colorado kids and families this year. Young children are among the biggest winners. Click to read more.

Legislation Supported by Alliance for Kids

February 2018: The Alliance for Kids Council voted to support three items of pending legislation below (view flyer). This allows us to advocate by sharing the information with our community of families, partners, and early childhood professionals.

HB18-1208:  Expand Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit
HB18- 1004:  Renewing the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit
SB18- 099:  Align Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs

For a summary please reference the documents below:
2018 Legislative Session Early Childhood Summary
2018 Continuation of the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Fact Sheet

For details, contact:
Quality Improvement Assistant & Navigator
719.291.8112